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You deserve a moment to pause and press play, and so do your kiddos! Welcome to the second episode of our series on mindfulness and going back to school. Our kids experience stress just as much as we do, and a lot of the time they are ill-equipped to handle it. Today, you’ll learn a new technique that you can introduce to your little ones to help them manage any anxiety they may be feeling about going back to school. This technique is called the Silent Sigh and helps us to release any excess emotion and reset our body and breath. Join us today to hear the simple steps you can follow to release your own stress and help your kiddos to do the same. Key Points From This Episode:Why we are hosting a series on mindfulness and going back to school.The reality that our kids experience stress just as much as we do.How they are often less equipped to manage it.Today’s technique that you can teach your kiddos to help them manage anxiety.How the Silent Sigh helps us to release any excess emotion and reset our body and breath.Why this method is perfect for you if you need to reset during times of transition.What it consists of: taking a deep breath in, and letting out a sigh as silently as you can.Repeating this process and practicing it with your kids.Assessing how you feel afterwards, and whether you need to repeat it a few more times.Jessica guides us as we practice a Silent Sigh together.Where to subscribe to the newsletter for more tips like these: thezenmommy.comTweetables:“This practice of the Silent Sigh helps us to let out any excess emotion and reset our body and breath.” — Jessica Gershman [0:0:57]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:The Zen MommyZen Mommy InstagramZen Mommy YoutubeZen Mommy FacebookSign up for the NewsletterSupport the show
You don’t have to consider yourself a spiritual person to benefit from today’s episode. Whether or not you have found a connection to god, it is clear to see that our unique perception creates our reality. Today’s guest is Joanna Crowder, the CEO and founder of Quantam Entanglement, which she uses as a platform to teach, mentor, help and encourage others to believe in themselves enough to chase their dreams and love their life. Joanna is a doctor of philosophy specializing in metaphysical counseling, an ordained minister, speaker, and author, joining us today to share how her story has led her to work with others. You’ll hear what she learned from doing her thesis on meditation, and how the metaphysical world opened up to her when she was trying to understand her own relationship dynamics. Joanna weighs in on the current state of spirituality in our world, and shares insights on going deeper that will help you map out your own next steps. Thanks for listening! Key Points From This Episode:Meet today’s guest, Joanna Crowder, CEO and founder of Quantum Entanglement.Her definition for spirituality: peeling away the layers to get to the innermost part of ourselves.What she learned from doing her thesis on meditation.Her experience of meeting the love of her life which she put into the book Summer Love.How the metaphysical world opened up to her when she was trying to understand her relationship dynamics.Meeting her husband at the age of 16, breaking up, and finding one another again. Our macro experience going from the age of Pisces to the age of Aquarius.The collective experience of the Dark Night of the Soul that we have all experienced. How she suggests you start meditating by taking extra time to sit in silence when you go to the bathroom.The role of a guide in helping you to decondition and how Quantum Academy offers this.Her belief that when you learn to truly love yourself, love will materialize in your ideal partner.What she hopes people will get out of reading Spring Equinox which she wrote in 2019 and 2020.The three universal fears everyone has: trust, abandonment, and self-worth.The ripple effect of changing yourself to change the world and how Joanna tries to enact this.Tweetables:“Everybody thinks that to meditate, there are no thoughts. Because that is the end goal. But when we start, there is nothing but thoughts and that’s the part where people struggle.” — Joanna Crowder [0:04:50]“When you hit rock bottom and there’s nowhere else to go, you’re at the bottom of the pit. That’s when you want that connection, that deep love, to feel better than you feel, and we do whatever it takes to find that light.” — Joanna Crowder [0:07:23]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Discount Code: ZEN10Joanna Crowder on Instagram Spring Manifestation on Amazon Summer Love on Amazon Quantum EntanglementQE AcademyThe Zen MommyZen Mommy InstagramZen Mommy YoutubeZen Mommy FacebookSupport the show
Raising the Next Generation of ‘Kindful’ Human Beings with Kaajal AgnaniEpisode S4E2: Show Notes. Studies suggest that mindfulness affects many aspects of our psychological well being; improving our mood, increasing positive emotions, and decreasing our anxiety, emotional reactivity, and job burnout. From their earliest moments, mindfulness can help kids to experience less anxiety, and feel happier. Today’s guest, Kaajal Agnani, is all about equipping parents to teach and model mindfulness behavior with their kids. She uses the term ‘kindful’ to encompass the emotional intelligence and thoughtful behavior that mindfulness cultivates in kids. Her thoughts on mindfulness changed once she had become a parent and noticed her child’s natural inclination towards presence and curiosity. During our conversation, she shares how she empowers parents to nurture this in their children while unlearning the patterns which prevent them from staying mindful as adults. Learn how Kaajal prioritizes mindfulness with her own family, and find out what’s next for her business, with the goal to create, inspire and uplift others at its heart. Kaajal also walks us through two mindfulness practices to give us a taste of what she teaches. Stay tuned all the way to the end to receive a special gift from Kaajal today! Key Points From This Episode:An introduction to today’s guest, Kaajal Agnani, and her work teaching parents mindfulness.Her focus on raising the next generation of ‘kindful’ human beings who are kind and mindful.Kaajal’s observation that kids are inherently curious and full of wonder.How life’s many distractions prevent us from nurturing the ability to stay present.Benefits mindfulness gives us: improving emotional intelligence, connection, and regulation.Kaajal’s journey with mindfulness and what prevented her from nurturing these skills.The skill of mindfulness and why it needs to be practiced regularly to reap results.Why teaching mindfulness is also showing kids that they have the opportunity to learn.Integrating mindfulness practices into your day as a family.Small ways to use your senses and be in the present moment with your children.Bringing childlike wonder to every situation to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life.Why mindfulness is extremely broad and always comes down to being present.What is on the horizon for Boundful Blooms: the Good Morning and Good Evening books, Spanish translations, and to continue creating products that inspire and uplift.Why mindfulness is especially necessary after the pandemic.Kaajal walks us through the Hoppy Bunny mindfulness practice. Why everything in the stack has been designed to be customized.Kaajal walks us through The Rays of Sunshine exercise for bedtime.A discount code for all listeners: slowdown.Kaajal invites listeners to engage with her on social media.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Kaajal Agnani on LinkedIn Kaajal Agnani on Instagram Boundless BloomsThe Zen MommyZen Mommy InstagramZen Mommy YoutubeZen Mommy FacebookSupport the show
Back to School Mindfulness: BreathingWelcome to the Zen(ish) Mommy’s Back to School Mindfulness series, where we discover tools to help your kiddo to manage the stress and anxiety that comes with going to school. Moms, remember that you can use these techniques too! Today, we’re talking about breathing, more specifically, the Seven to Eleven breath technique, an easy-to-remember practice to down regulate, shift your nervous system, and stabilize your energy. During today’s mini episode, you’ll learn a tool you can immediately implement to communicate to the body that it is safe and can release some of the stress that it is holding. Join us today to add this technique to your mindfulness toolkit!Key Points From This Episode:An introduction to our series on mindfulness in schools.What it aims to do: equip you with tips and tricks to help your kiddo manage stress.A reminder that you can use these techniques in your own life as a mom too.The method we will be discussing today: the Seven to Eleven breath technique.What it aims to do: down regulate, shift our nervous system, and stabilize our energy.How to do it: inhale for a breath of seven, and exhale for a count of 11.How this method communicates to the body that it is safe and can release stress.Jessica encourages listeners to reach out and let her know how this method worked.Tweetables:“This counting forces the kids—and the moms—to focus more on slowing their breathing down, to really down regulate their nervous system, to tell their body it’s safe, and that we can really let go of some of that stress.” — The Zen Mommy [0:01:01]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:The Zen MommyZen Mommy InstagramZen Mommy YoutubeZen Mommy FacebookSign up for the NewsletterDon't miss out on this amazing product.  This special promotion only lasts for 10 days.  Check out and use code ZENMOM for 20% off your single purchases or 40% off your subscriptionSupport the show
Dr. Arunima Agarwal Back To School Episode S4E1: Show Notes. This start of the school year leaves us with many questions. Will children be masking, or not masking? Whether to vaccinate, or not? With no clear end in sight, it seems that the onslaught of new variants, plus the annual flu season, leaves us with few answers as to what to do. Today, we welcome Dr. Arunima Agarwal, a New York-based pediatrician who is here to answer some of the questions you might have as your kids start school this Fall. Tune in to hear Dr. Agarwal’s recommendations on vaccinations, masks, sanitizer, and navigating side effects for your child over two, over five, and over 12 years old. She points us in the direction of reliable, objective resources and recommends how we can limit our go-to information sources to avoid confusion and overwhelm. Dr. Agarwal reminds us that our most important resource for all things vaccination is our medical practitioner, and explains the science behind why a surgical mask is superior to a cloth one, before leaving us with some great advice to implement immediately. Thanks for tuning in! Key Points From This Episode: Welcome to today’s guest, Dr. Arunima Agarwal. Dr. Agarwal’s recommendation that kids are double vaccinated before school starts. Why parents should not be alarmed if vaccines become mandated. Why it is understandable that parents have felt anxious about vaccinating their kids. Dr. Agarwal’s opinion on government communication around the vaccine. The evolution of vaccination for children over 12, over five, and under five. The best way to prepare for flu season as a parent: get your flu vaccine closer to October, consult with your practitioner about timing, Good habits kids have picked up on during the pandemic that will protect them from flu. Why MRNA is a better system than previous vaccines. Mutations, boosters, and vaccine variations. Why there has been such a wide variety of information on the vaccine. Where to find the most objective information: the CDC, John Hopkins. Navigating side effects, with the most common one being arm pain for 18 and up. The slight uptick in Myocarditis as a side effect in older teenage males. Choosing to spread the dosage out over more than 21 days to combat the risk. Why your pediatrician is the best possible resource on any vaccine. Wearing the cloth mask and why the surgical mask or M95 is superior. Why nobody should be wearing a mask 24/7 and why there is no danger to masking kids ages 2 and up. Why it is important to explain to kids why they need to wear masks. Hand sanitizer, supervision, sensitive skin, and over-sanitizing. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Dr. Arunima Agarwal Dr. Arunima Agarwal on TwitterDr. Arunima Agarwal on LinkedInJohn HopkinsThe CDCThe Zen MommyZen Mommy InstagramZen Mommy YoutubeZen Mommy FacebookDon't miss out on this amazing product.  This special promotion only lasts for 10 days.  Check out and use code ZENMOM for 20% off your single purchases or 40% off your subscriptionSupport the show
Get a little taste of what Season 4 has to offer in the newly branded Zen (ish) Mommy podcast.  It is the hope of podcast host, Jessica Gershman, that you will hear a little bit of yourself in each on the of guests.  Jessica covers a wide range of topics from trauma and healing, to sex, drugs, relationships, and even secret tips of how to give the best blow job of your life.  You will never want to miss out of a single episode.  Be on the lookout for weekly mindfulness tips that you can incorporate easily into your life so that you can begin living for YOU. The Zen Mommy on InstagramThe Zen MommySupport the show
Season 4 Trailer Episode S4 Trailer: Show Notes. We can be both zen, and crazy, we can be both authentic, and insecure. It doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing approach. The Zen-ish Mommy Podcast is here to equip you with the tools you need to create a better life for yourself. Each episode has actionable steps built into it to help you stay mindful and zen in your day-to-day life. If you’re looking for a little more, sign up for the monthly newsletter for access to exclusive conversations, yoga classes, recipes, all the products that Jessica loves, and more! Thank you for joining the Zen Mommy Community today. Key Points From This Episode: Meet Jessica Nicole, or Jessica Gershman, and host of this podcast. Why she doesn’t believe in an all-or-nothing approach. The contradictions that can exist within us: crazy and zen, authentic and insecure, and more. What she hopes listeners will get from the podcast: actionable steps to create a better life for yourself. The weekly tips she has built into the podcast: mindfulness tips, breath practices, and more. Where to sign up for the monthly newsletter: What you will get from the monthly newsletter: access to exclusive conversations, yoga classes, recipes, and all the products that Jessica loves. Tweetables: “I started this podcast because I wanted every listener to hear a little bit of themselves in the guest.” — Jessica Gershman [0:00:11] “What I really hope that you will get out of this podcast are actionable steps to create a better life for yourself, that you can educate yourself on different healing modalities, that you can understand what trauma is, have better sex, have better relationships. I want to do it all on this platform.” — Jessica Gershman [0:00:36] Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: The Zen Mommy Zen Mommy Instagram Zen Mommy Youtube Zen Mommy Facebook Support the show
Today we speak with Dawn Fable, a busy mom whose history with generalized anxiety lead her to incorporate a daily CBD regimen into her life, and later start a project to deliver a range of female-focused CBD projects to women in the same boat. You’ll hear why CBD has become so popular, and the science of how it works to optimize your health, reduce anxiety and soothe pain. Dawn offers some practical advice on being consistent in your daily cycle, and shares how she used CBD to reduce the symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, before telling us about Press Pause’s aim to provide quality CBD products and educate women on the benefits of CBD. She discusses how she learned that we are all having an internal struggle, and how our vulnerability and openness can empower others, and reveals how ‘pressing pause’ has allowed her to feel present and enjoy the simple things. We look at the issues that Dawn has identified that women disproportionately struggle with and Press Pause’s lifestyle and ritualistic product range that caters towards women. Dawn highlights that each woman is different and CBD products can be a preferred treatment method or a complement to pharmaceuticals, and tells us which of the products in her range she uses herself: the healing balm, tea, the sleep range, and the tincture. Next, she gives listeners some helpful tips on how to vet their CBD products and touches on the government and larger bodies’ involvement in the CBD industry before exploring the government’s regulation of CBD for over 18s only. Dawn predicts that there will be a greater normalization of natural ingredients in the world of health products, and offers a starting point for new users: topicals for tension, bath bombs for self care, and tinctures for the full benefits. We hope you tune in for an inspiring episode today. Key Points From This Episode:Why CBD has become so popular: people are desperate for natural solutions to feel better.Why CBD reduces anxiety and soothes pain. Why, in order to get the full benefits of CBD, it needs to be consistent in your daily cycle.How Dawn used CBD to resolve the symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder.Press Pause’s aim to provide quality CBD products and educate women on its benefits.How ‘pressing pause’ has allowed Dawn to feel present and enjoy the simple things.How CBD has helped to take the edge off the little things that would become inflated.Issues that women disproportionately struggle with: anxiety, inflammation, stress, tension, inability to sleep, lack of sex drive.Press Pause’s lifestyle and ritualistic product range that caters towards women.How each woman is different and CBD is a choice or a complement to pharmaceuticals.Hear from Dawn about the intimate range and how it supports women’s sex lives.The products Dawn benefits from: healing balm, tea, the sleep range, and the tincture.How her family experiences a better version of her when she is using CBD.How to vet your CBD products: check for a COA on their website, check the ingredients.The government and larger bodies’ involvement in the CBD industry.Dawn’s mission to normalize mental health and help women not to feel alone.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:The Zen ish Mommy PodcastThe Zen Mommy on InstagramDawn Fable on LinkedIn Press Pause Project on Instagram Press Pause ProjectSupport the show
Fix Yourself First: Building Sexual Self-Esteem with Dr. Kristie OverstreetWe don’t often talk about our sex lives, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that we, as moms, are not enjoying sex as much as we could be. What greater pleasure is there in life than having an intimate and satisfying connection with your partner? Today, we welcome Dr. Kristie Overstreet, clinical sexologist, psychotherapist, host of the Fix Yourself First Podcast, and author of Fix Yourself First: 25 Tips to Stop Ruining Your Relationship. She focuses on helping you build strong relationships through focusing first on the most important relationship you have: the one you have with yourself, to give you the power to create the life you deserve. You’ll hear all about her journey to becoming a clinical sexologist and psychotherapist after studying medicine for a year, before meeting a therapist for the first time, and how failing helped her to get to where she is today. She shares some of her own tumultuous story of relationships and sex, before finding her partner of 14 years, Rob. Dr. Overstreet tells us how the importance of sex in your relationship depends entirely on how much each partner values it, and introduces us to the concept of opening up a sexual buffet. She assures us that you can still have a healthy relationship even if you value sex differently from one another, provided there is no judgment and a willingness to meet one another’s needs. We hope you join us  to hear this and loads more pearls of wisdom from Dr. Overstreet today! Key Points From This Episode:How the importance of sex in your relationship depends on how each partner values it.How we define sex, and why you have to open up a sexual buffet.Why you can still have a healthy relationship even if you value sex differently.Why she tells everyone in relationships to stop assuming their partners are going to change.What she means by sexual self-esteem: how you feel about your sexual self.Sexual trauma as an emotional energy that enters into every sexual encounter.The first step: giving yourself permission to go there without expectation.The twelve different types of intimacy that go beyond sexual encounters.Why it is important to frame the conversation about sex by talking about yourself.The myth of men needing loads of sex, and how they need quality sex instead.How, in most couples, the issue with the relationship is not sex, but the connection.Why it is necessary to feel emotional safety and non-judgment to have a good sex life.How doing the things that you are passionate about as an individual serves your relationship.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Dr. Kristie Overstreet Dr. Kristie Overstreet on Facebook Dr. Kristie Overstreet on Instagram Dr. Kristie Overstreet on Pinterest Fix Yourself First Fix Yourself First How to Get Emotional and Physical Intimacy Without Sacrificing Your NeedsThe Zen MommyThe Zen ish Mommy PodcastZen Mommy on InstagramSupport the show
Liberating Your Life Force Energy through Orgasm with Kim AnamiWelcome back Moms to this thrilling episode with the Vaginal Kungfu Master, Kim Anami. Join us today to learn why Kim's mantra is, "If I can do it, you can do it", and how she is fighting the status quo about sexuality and motherhood in Western cultures. From her wealth of knowledge, Kim educates us about how sex can be used to rebirth and recharge us, and how when you feel you don’t have the time for it is when you need it most! She takes us through what we should expect from our partners and how we can teach them to respect female sexuality (and more!). From the traumatic birth process to how mainstream medicine doesn't address the underlying cause, this episode has it all. We learn about Kim's journey to realizing that sexuality and God are not mutually exclusive concepts, and how she has learned to liberate her life force through orgasm. She takes us through her teachings and the courses available to listeners and gives personal advice on when you should demand more from your partner. Tune in to find out how self-realization equates to the Well-fucked woman, and why it is your right as a mother to embrace your sexuality.Key Points From This Episode:Welcome to holistic sex and relationship coach, writer, and vaginal Kungfu master, Kim Anami. What “Anami” means in Sanskrit and how Kim identifies with it. How women are impacted by God and sexuality not meeting in western cultures.Why you should see sex as rebirth and a chance to recharge. How the current birth process takes the power away from women and is a traumatic situation.Defining the Well-fucked woman: what you don’t know you don’t know. Hear some of the highlights of Kim’s sexual savant salons.Kim’s mantra: “If I can do it, you can do it”.How Kim created her life through her vagina.Why people latch onto the victim mentality and push back against the Anami Guarantee. Find out about the four orgasms for women-centered around the vulva and vagina: clitoral, G-spot, cervical and ejaculatory.Liberating the life force energy through orgasm.How bad sex takes women’s power away and what you can do to educate your man.Resources to overcome the overarching narrative of women having sex to placate the man.Find out how you can use sex to feel uplifted. The five courses Kim offers: Vaginal Kungfu; Coming Together for Couples; How to be a Well-fucked Woman; Sexual Mastery for Men; and Sexual Mama. What Kim’s courses can teach you about yourself and your partner. How Kim became the Vaginal Kungfu Master.One take-away Kim wants you to remember from this episode. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Kim Anami's WebsiteKim Anami on YouTubeKim Anami on InstagramThe Zen MommyThe Zen ish Mommy PodcastZen Mommy on InstagramSupport the show
Hey Mamas! Today we’re going to slow down and talk about the area of women in business. Here to guide our conversation is Sarah Olin, CEO and founder of Luscious Mother, whose mission is to support women in their pursuit and creation of great lives, however they define them. Listeners will hear all about the genesis of Sarah’s company, and what she considers to be ‘luscious’. Sarah tells us about the greatest gifts that coaching has given her, why it is so important to advocate for yourself, and how the pandemic has made everyone more equipped to succeed in the workplace. Sarah assures listeners that things are actually looking promising in the work landscape, where people are eager to hire great women. You’ll hear all about LUMO’s goals, and why Sarah believes that women should be asking for whatever it is that they need, unapologetically. She encourages us to remove imagined barriers to what you want to create and tells us how loving people helps them to see their own greatness. Join us today to hear all this and more! Key Points From This Episode:An introduction to today’s guest, Sarah Olin, coach, CEO and founder of Luscious Mother.Her background in teaching yoga and how she still integrates a yoga practice into her life.Why she believes that all spiritual paths lead us to where it is that we want to go.How she talks about becoming a mother as the most ordinary extraordinary thing you can do.‘Luscious Mother’ and how her company came to be, before changing it to ‘LUMO’.The story of how she put together a team of dynamic women to start the company. What she considers to be ‘luscious’ and how that differs between people.Why she thinks that the younger generation is doing a great job: they have boundaries!How the pandemic has shifted priorities by limiting the list of responsibilities we all have.One of the greatest gifts coaching has given her: the understanding that she can’t do it all!Advocating for yourself and asking for what we want as an essential skill to win at work.How the pandemic has made everyone more equipped to succeed in the workplace.Why the landscape is looking good at the moment: employers want to hire great women!What women should be asking for: whatever it is that they need, unapologetically! Sarah’s advice to ask for what you want and check it with a savvy friend.The extraordinary freedom that can be found in clear boundaries and why clear is kind.Removing imagined barriers to what you want to create and how loving people helps them to see their own greatness.LUMO’s mission: personal and professional development, putting women back in the driver’s seat of their lives.Why Sarah’s focus is on creating the best experience, with more joy for all women. The importance of knowing what’s important to you and that you’re doing it, or working towards doing it. Sarah recommends a book to Jessica and listeners: Essentialism.What dinnertime looks like at Sarah’s house: ‘high low, buffalo’ and gratitudes.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Sarah Olin on LinkedIn Luscious MotherEssentialismThe Zen MommyThe Zen Mommy on InstagramThe Zen ish Mommy PodcastSupport the show
Everyone loves it when they get a compliment, regardless of how indifferent they may be to fashion. Today’s guest believes that having strong personal style goes far beyond trends and that how you represent yourself is incredibly important. Join us to hear from celebrity stylist, Lauren Messiah, who is revolutionizing the way people dress through her comprehensive approach to elevating personal style, working from the inside out. You’ll hear about the transformative path that led Lauren to coaching and how making herself over and starting a journey of sobriety turned her whole life around. Lauren shares how she observed a ripple effect of what clothing does to change women’s lives and why she chose to open her book, Style Therapy, with a selfie challenge to help readers to take stock of how they see themselves and how the world sees them. Lauren believes that, if you dress like you, you’re always in style. We hope you tune in to hear how Lauren helps everyday women build confidence and style! Key Points From This Episode:The transformative path that led Lauren into coaching. How making herself over and starting a journey of sobriety turned her whole life around.Why Lauren believes that what’s on the outside is a visual representation of what’s inside.What she believes about looking good and how it far supersedes being a slave to fashion.Lauren’s work in retail before she became a celebrity stylist. How she changed her career to give the celebrity treatment to everyday women.The ripple effect of what the clothing did for her clients.Her method of reading people and dressing them like themselves, just better.Why you have to elevate your inner self in order to elevate your outer self.The community that Lauren has created, known as the Style Confidence Collective.How you reach certain conclusions when you are ready for them.The selfie challenge that Lauren has included in her book, Style Therapy.Why it is powerful to take stock of how you see yourself and how the world sees you.How, if you dress like you, you’re always in style.Why self-knowledge and confidence are far more important than following trends.Which pieces in your wardrobe are going to last longest: the foundational ones.Why it is so important to have staples in your closet.Beyond Style, the six-week transformational journey that Lauren hosts a few times a year.How she wants women to own their power and embody purpose. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Lauren Messiah Lauren Messiah on TwitterLauren Messiah on Facebook Lauren Messiah on Instagram Lauren Messiah on YouTube Style Therapy Style Confidence CollectiveThe Surrender Experiment Beyond StyleThe Zen MommyThe Zen Mommy on InstagramThe Zen ish Mommy PodcastSupport the show
With a story of overcoming adversity to not only survive, but thrive, today’s guest is a source of inspiration to women everywhere. Venus Morris Griffin is an award-winning real estate agent, inspirational speaker, author of an upcoming book, and single mother of seven who unexpectedly became the sole provider for her family in 2011. Today, she tells the story of how she rose above her circumstances to become stronger than ever today. Venus shares how she received a call from a sex worker who was blackmailing her husband and explains why, while she is not responsible for the awful things that happened to her, she takes responsibility for the choices she made. In the face of adversity, she recommends always asking, what can I learn? Who am I and how can I be better for it? Venus gives us some powerful examples of how she has found a positive spin for the tricky hands she has been dealt in life, and how her own challenges have led her to refuse to judge others. She lets us in on her public speaking journey and how she chose this career in the hope of helping others before telling us why the first piece of advice she gives others is to take care of themselves.This episode is peppered with powerful pearls of wisdom that you can apply to your own journey, so we hope you will join us to learn from Venus’s remarkable story today!Key Points From This Episode:The call Venus received from a sex worker blackmailing her husband.Her first reaction to defend her husband and not to believe the accusations.Insights into Venus’s childhood and the details of her mom’s alcoholism.Why she wrote the book to share her light and help others after experiencing darkness.Her message is that it doesn’t matter what happens to you; you can get through anything.Why it is so important to take responsibility in order to help people to get out of that cycle.How she chose to keep supporting her husband before he failed his lie detector test and was convicted of a terrible crime.The realization that education would distinguish her life from her brother and sister’s.How each of her children was conceived with a donor.Her belief in having a deep sense of who you are in order to do better.Why she chose to forgive her mother and her husband in order to move forward.What you should ask in adversity: what can I learn, who am I, and how can I be better for it?Why she refuses to judge others after having experienced her own challenges.Why she chose to become a public speaker: to help other people.Her advice to surround yourself with people who are better than you, competition is healthy!Why your work ethic will set you apart without you having to say anything. Her book, Validated, that is coming out towards the end of the year.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Venus Morris Griffin Venus Morris Griffin on Instagram Venus Morris Griffin on Twitter Venus Morris Griffin on Facebook Venus Morris Griffin on LinkedIn Venus Morris Griffin on YouTubeThe Zen MommySupport the show
Hey Mama, have you ever heard the term ‘grounded’? You might already know what that means, but that doesn’t always make it easy to get there. So, how important are our feet to our overall wellness? Today’s guest, Dr Emily Splichal, is a podiatrist, human movement specialist and leader in barefoot science, focusing on functional and regenerative medicine. She believes that we hold the power to our own health and wellbeing in our own hands and this approach forms the foundation of her work with patients. Tune in to hear her story, and how she supports her patients to understand their own bodies. You’ll hear the science of why the health of your feet is so important, and listen to plenty of powerful practical advice to help you care for them.  Dr Splichal introduces us to a few of the products she has designed to help you to do just that, and offers listeners some tips on how to integrate foot care into our daily routines. We touch on caring for our children’s feet and do a deep dive into foot health during all three trimesters. Join us today to hear more! Key Points From This Episode:An introduction to today’s guest, podiatrist and human movement specialist, Dr Emily Splichal. Why she recommends seeing multiple doctors for different opinions and then making your own decision.Why she believes it is so essential to get good at being bad. How your feet are the mechanical foundation of the body. Her belief that modern footwear is a lot of the cause of the muscular problems that we see today.Why she tries to give her patients at least 30 minutes barefoot.Why it is beneficial to spend time in less structured shoes.Shoe brands she recommends: Vivo Barefoot, Xero Shoes, Feelgrounds, and more.Her relationship with high heels at this point in her life.A brand that is really working for her own child: 2 Tiny Feet.The importance of the care we do with our feet outside of shoes.How toe spacers can support your feet by creating space and straightening the digits.Why you need to work it into your schedule to take care of your feet while doing other things.Foot health during pregnancy and how best to support it through every trimester.How insoles, socks, mats, flooring and release tools to integrate the pyramidal texture.Her goal to force people to be conscious of their feet.Her definition for feeling grounded and why it is so important to connect with your physical body to find a feeling of aliveness.The role of movement in connecting you to your body so that you don't lose a part of yourself.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: 20% Discount Code: ZEN20Naboso Vivo Barefoot Xero Shoes Feelgrounds Flux Footwear2 Tiny Feet Dr Emily Splichal Dr Emily Splichal on Instagram Dr Emily Splichal on FacebookDr Emily Splichal on YouTubeThe Zen MommyMom, Slow Down!Support the show
The United States of America is one of the greatest countries in the world, yet we have a maternal mortality rate of almost double other first-world nations. Where is the disconnect? Why isn't there a focus on maternal health both pre- and post-partum? One woman used her own experience as a catalyst for change. When Lydia Simmons was unable to obtain the level of healthcare support she needed postpartum, she knew that everything starts with food and nutrition. So, she started MOO, Moms Official Objective, to address the devastating effects of nutritional deficiency on mothers in America. During today’s conversation, Lydia shares what her own postpartum journey was like, and we discuss why the six-week postpartum appointment offered by doctors is simply not enough. You’ll hear her thoughts on what it would take for the government to better support women, and we unpack what ‘maternal morbidity’ really means. Learn why it is so important to have a postpartum plan and who you should communicate it to, as well as which nutrients are most important for a postpartum period and why. Lydia shares the inside scoop of what her products can offer, and introduces us to her newest product, which she is very excited about. Join us to hear all this and more today! Key Points From This Episode:An introduction to today’s guest, Lydia Simmons, and her business, MOO.What her own postpartum journey was like, including postpartum depression and issues with milk supply.Why the six-week postpartum appointment is not enough to catch what you need.What Lydia thinks it would take for the government to better support women: to ask them what they need.Why it is so important to consider the entire spectrum, rather than only extreme cases.A definition for maternal morbidity by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Why it is necessary to have a partner in the medical profession to advocate for you.How we emphasize having a birth plan but don't emphasize the postpartum plan.Why it is so important to have a postpartum plan and communicate it to other people.The role of nutrition in a successful postpartum period.The full spectrum of women that Lydia seeks to support.Which nutrients are the most important for a postpartum journey: iron and iodine.Why sodium is important to help your body maintain hydration.Her favorite product from the collection: the postnatal. Her newest product: a bag filled with herbal tea to balance the hormones. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:The Zen MommyMOO on FacebookMOO on Instagram MOOMom, Slow Down!Support the show
A quick Google search will tell you that the business of fertility is booming. But has anyone stopped to ask why fertility problems are on the rise? What do we actually need to know when conceiving? Today’s guest, Dr Aumatma Simmons, a holistic fertility expert helping couples to optimize all the aspects of their health in order to make a baby. Join us to learn the basics of what you should look for in your cervical mucus to track your fertile period, and to hear why Dr Aumatma believes we should assess our hormones on as regular a basis as we go for a pap smear. We take a moment to consider the freedom of choice we all have when it comes to having, or not having children, and how both choices are valid. We talk about the transition from focusing on doing, to focusing on being, necessary to conceive a child, and explore some of the toxin-free options that exist today, allowing us to live lifestyles that are completely toxin-free. Dr Aumatma tells us some surprising facts about the thyroid, still being explored by modern science, and she shares how she equips women to unravel the fast-paced lifestyles they have made for themselves. You’ll hear why your partner’s health matters, and what the basics are that they should consider during a fertility journey, including some lesser-known factors in male sexual health. Join us today to learn from another incredible expert in her field. Key Points From This Episode:An introduction to today’s guest, holistic fertility expert, Dr Aumatma Simmons.Why in reality it’s not actually true that we have a fertility cliff we fall off at a certain age.Why she is a proponent for testing as soon as you can.What you should look for in your cervical mucus to track your fertile period.The guilt and shame associated with losing pregnancies. Why Dr Aumatma believes we should assess our hormones like we do pap smears.Why people are free to choose whatever they want to when it comes to having children.The exciting time we are in where everything you put on your body can be toxin-free.How the thyroid works with T4, T3 and T2, which there are receptors for on the ovaries.How she begins to unravel the fast-paced life for women wanting to have children.Why prioritizing sleep is so important: your body produces melatonin when you sleep.How melatonin works differently in women and men.Optimizing cortisol and managing the cortisol awakening response.What you need to be aware of within your cycle even if you don’t want to have a baby.Why your partner’s health matters: sperm motility, sperm morphology, and sperm count.Factors in men’s health not traditionally considered in fertility: blood sugar, insulin, and homocysteine issues.The extreme decline of men’s sexual health which may lead to mass infertility.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Egg Meets Sperm Fertility Secrets on Amazon Holistic Fertility Centre Dr Aumatma Simmons on LinkedIn Dr Aumatma on InstagramDr Aumatma on YouTubeThe Zen MommyMom, Slow Down!Support the show
Mom Burnout is No Joke

Mom Burnout is No Joke


A common complaint amongst our listeners is feeling so burnt out and exhausted that they have no idea how to even begin to dig themselves out of the hole that they find themselves in, especially when you bring that new baby home. Here today to share her wealth of wisdom and to tell her own story of healing is Sarah Sperry, a certified health coach and personal trainer who specializes in taking you from burnt out to thriving. Sarah kicks off with her definition of burnout and tells us what the common physical and emotional symptoms look like. We celebrate the fact that COVID has brought burnout to headlines and Sarah shares what led her to want to create a program for burnout prevention. You'll learn why it is so important to be your own health advocate, and why the first step to burnout recovery is taking stock of your life. Changing the way you approach your life can have huge benefits, so tune in today to hear why. Key Points From This Episode:An introduction to today’s guest, Sarah Sperry.Sarah gives us her definition of burnout: the physical and emotional exhaustion that occurs when our bodies have been in a prolonged state of fight or flight. Common physical symptoms: anxiety, panic attacks, bloating, weeping, digestive issues, aching muscles, lowered immunity.Mental and emotional symptoms: resentfulness, helplessness, irritability, feeling unappreciated, loneliness, clinical depression, and suicidal thoughts.One of the silver linings of COVID: burnout is becoming more of a headline issue.What led her to want to create a program for burnout prevention.How a panic attack at work was a turning point for her.The role of the thyroid in autoimmune health.How for every story of traditional medicine saving a life, there’s a story of it missing something.Why being your own health advocate is so important despite many professionals being involved.The first step to burnout recovery: taking stock of your life.Why it is useful to create a list of your life’s stressors.Sarah’s simple steps to burnout recovery: support, practice, eating, restore, routine. Finding connection and happiness as a key solution to burnout.How changing the way you do life can lead to real benefits.A reminder that you are not alone and that there is hope. Tweetables:“Burnout is when our minds and bodies have been in a prolonged state of fight or flight and this leads to physical and emotional exhaustion.” — Sarah Sperry [0:04:10]“One of the silver linings of COVID is that burnout is becoming more of a headline issue. You are seeing a lot more research and information about it.” — Sarah Sperry [0:05:23]“For every story of traditional medicine saving a life, there’s a story of it missing something.” — Sarah Sperry [0:16:05]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Sperry Wellness on InstagramSperry Wellness on FacebookSperry Wellness The Zen MommyMom, Slow Down!Support the show
Hey mamas! Have you ever felt lost or stuck? You may already know that you have beautiful gifts to give the world, but it can feel impossible to know how to make that happen. Sam Jayanti is the founder of Ideamix, a company that connects businesses and individuals with performance advisors, coaches and mentors to help them to live their best work and professional lives. Tune in to hear how coaching can benefit your personal and professional development through partnership and active discovery. Samhita tells the story of her own experience with coaching, and why she believes that there shouldn’t have to be a trade-off between work and motherhood. Through insights from her own journey, Samhita guides listeners through the process of looking for a coach who is the right fit for you. We hope you take some time out to join us and hear all this and more today! Key Points From This Episode:An introduction to today’s guest, Samhita Jayanti, founder of Ideamix.Sam’s definition of coaching: a partnership, and a process of active discovery.The three buckets that coaching falls into: personal and life-related issues, professional development, and entrepreneurship.Samhita’s own experience with coaching.How difficult it can be to manage all the facets of your life as a parent and entrepreneur.Why coaching was an easier option for Samhita than diving into a therapy process.How professional coaching can help us to transform ourselves in ways big and small.Her goal to help every individual find their perfect coach. Why Sam considers motherhood to be a new level of complexity, but not a setback.Why it shouldn’t have to be a trade-off between work and motherhood.The importance of sustaining the part of yourself that has a career.Why the question to ask is, who is the best coach for you? How she would go about looking for a coach of her own today.Why having industry specific experience is helpful for a coach, but not essential.How Sam vets coaches before including them in her business.Where to find Idea Mix online.Tweetables:“Coaching is forward-looking and super goal-oriented. The understanding of coaching and situations in which you would look for a coach really relate to where you are trying to go, and would you benefit from receiving help from an experienced coach who can help you get there.” — Samhita Jayanti [0:04:34]“Entrepreneurship is a wonderful, but also deeply lonely process in many ways and benefitting from an advisor and a sounding board who can help to expand your own knowledge, to identify really specific pathways to fill in those knowledge gaps, and enable you to make decisions and then actually hold you accountable.” — Samhita Jayanti [0:06:38]“Sometimes we just benefit from an objective external lens of someone with experience of working with people like us, who will give us some advice we will actually listen to, be there while we implement it, help us capitalize on those learnings, and then turn those learnings into habits.” — Samhita Jayanti [0:17:32]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Ideamix on Instagram Ideamix on Facebook Ideamix on YouTube IdeamixSamhita Jayanti on LinkedInThe Zen MommySupport the show
This one’s for all the working mamas, hustling mamas, side hustling mamas, and mompreneurs! We welcome Megan Moran, a mom, wife, Podcast host, owner of the Mompreneur guide, and minimalist business strategist, who shares her insights on how to simplify your life to focus on what matters. Listeners will hear Megan’s thoughts on why so many more women are jumping into business for themselves, and what it was like to study entrepreneurship in Miami. Learn why Megan draws comparisons between running a business and raising a child, and what mindfulness brings to your life and work. We touch on obstacles she has faced as a mompreneur and shares her thoughts on going into business with a spouse or a friend, with the underlying principle of communication being key! Key Points From This Episode:An introduction to today’s guest, Megan Moran, owner of the Mompreneur Guide.Megan’s thoughts on why so many more women are jumping into business for themselves.Why mompreneurship comes with no instruction manual.What she learned through studying entrepreneurship in Miami.How, just like a child, the level of dependence your business has grows and changes.Why when developing a minimalist business everything must either serve a purpose or be enjoyable to you.The mindfulness piece: asking yourself why. How her work as a stylist shared similar principles to her work as a business coach.Your compass: your ‘why’, your vision, your mission, and where you want it to lead.Obstacles she has faced as a mompreneur and how she overcame them.Service, mission and simplicity - her three guiding principles.Her mastermind membership and the three sections.Megan’s thoughts on going into business with a spouse or a friend.Why she believes so strongly that communication is key.The role of 90 day cycles in her planning schedule.Why it’s more important to ask who you want to be than what you want to accomplish in a day.Where to connect with Megan. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:The Mompreneur PodcastThe Mompreneur Megan Moran on LinkedIn Megan Moran on InstagramCore4 ParentingThe Zen MommyMom, Slow Down!Support the show
One thing that married folks can agree on is that being in a relationship with another human being for the rest of your life is challenging. Add building a career and a global pandemic, and that could push even the strongest of bonds to the brink. After getting married, Yana Gil de Montes realized that if she wanted to have a successful relationship, she had to find new ways to approach her marriage and her life. In collaboration with her husband, she has written and developed a course that has saved and revitalized marriage after marriage. Tune in to hear how Yana draws from her own experience of being married to coach her clients, and how the tools she implements with them find their expression in her daily life. You’ll learn why it is more important to her that the relationship she is in helps her to grow, rather than making her happy, and hear some of the ways that marriage has shifted through the years. Yana walks us through how she approaches counseling a new couple, and tells us why she works predominantly with the feminine within relationships. She summarizes the most powerful foundations of a marriage as having a shared vision for your life, partnership, and how to raise your kids, and urges us all to find a beautiful ‘why. Tune in to hear more from Yana today! Key Points From This Episode:An introduction to today’s guest, international marriage coach, Yana Gil de Montes.How she co-wrote the Transform Your Marriage guide with her husband, Rick.Yana describes her marriage and how she uses the techniques she recommends to her clients in her own life.Why it is more important to her that the relationship is integral for her growth than making her happy.How marriages have shifted through the years and what Yana would like to see.Yana weighs in on ideals we have about marriage and what happens when we break free.Where she starts with couples who come to her for counseling. Why she works predominantly with the feminine within relationships rather than the couple.The most powerful foundations of a marriage: having a shared vision.The power of having a beautiful why. Why intentional communication is so important to her. How to set your partner up for success in communication.What self care looks like for Yana: being gentle with herself, meditation.How when she honors herself, she’s able to love her husband so much more.Where to find Yana and get involved with her coaching offering.Tweetables:“We don’t usually go into survival mode or flight mode for longer than minutes because we have this bigger commitment.” — Yana Gil de Montes [0:07:55]“I want to be in a relationship where it’s integral for my growth. It’s not about him making me happy. It’s an opportunity for me to grow and evolve.” — Yana Gil de Montes [0:08:35]“That’s the first layer of what’s not working is really how do you challenge and how do you really break free of those ideals so that you can create your relationship.” — Yana Gil de Montes [0:17:28]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Yana Gil de Montes on LinkedIn Yana Gil de Montes on FacebookTransform your Marriage CourseThe Zen MommyMom, Slow Down!Support the show
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Natasha Freije

I love these podcasts! real world advice, but authors, real people, and experts on how to manage my busy life AND my inner peace! put it in your Playlist today!

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